Dr. Heather R. Parker is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Saint Leo University. She earned her Ph.D. in history from UCLA where she began her academic career examining interethnic political interaction in mid-20th-century Los Angeles. While she has devoted much of her recent career to administration, she continues to engage in research and is now focused on interethnic religious interaction and the political implications of these relationships in Florida. Related to this work are two ongoing projects. The first of these is her East Pasco County African American History Archive, which houses a collection of digitized images, oral histories, and data chronicling the lives and experiences of African Americans in East Pasco County, FL. The other is her Community Memory Oral History Collection and Archive in which digitized images, oral histories, and documents related to the history of Saint Leo University and its surrounding communities are housed. She has also been researching the ways in which college administrations and faculty can provide effective mentoring for both traditional and non-traditional minority students. The result of this research is the launch of the Saint Leo Minority Mentoring Project in 2018.
Education: Ph.D. in History, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in History, University of California, Los Angeles
Courses Taught: Immigration: The Changing Face of America
The History of the American West
African American History: From Slavery to Freedom
Women in American Society
Marc A. Pugliese Ph.D
College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Theology & Religion
Dr. Marc A. Pugliese is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Religion at Saint Leo University. In addition to his administrative role Dr. Pugliese is a highly-engaged scholar and teacher. He conducts research in a number of areas including comparative theology with a focus on what Christians can learn from Hinduism, fundamental/philosophical theology, God/Trinity, and interdisciplinary research in religion and science and religion and economics. Dr. Pugliese has written, co-authored, and co-edited several books, including: The One, the Many and the Trinity (The Catholic University of America Press); the Festschrift for Joseph A. Bracken, S. J. (Marquette University Press); Beyond Naivete: Ethics, Economics and Values (University Press of America); and Teaching Interreligious Encounters (Oxford University Press). The last volume is on interreligious pedagogy, another one of his research interests. He is currently working on a book on Process Thought and Roman Catholicism.
Dr. Pugliese is co-founder and co-chair of the Religious Conversions Unit in the American Academy of Religion and has been a Luce Foundation Fellow. He has participated in The Council of Independent Colleges' and Interfaith Youth Core's summer seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding. His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the College Theology Society. Dr. Pugliese has been a faculty member of Saint Leo University's Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and is a faculty expert in religion for Saint Leo University's Polling Institute. Dr. Pugliese has been featured in national news and interviews with various media outlets, including CNN.
Education: Ph.D., Fordham University (2006) M. Phil., Fordham University (2002) Th. M., Westminster Theological Seminary (2000) M. Div., Biblical Theological Seminary (1998) B. A., in Philosophy and Psychology, Minor in Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude, University of Delaware (1994)
Courses Taught: REL 123 - Christian Spiritual Vision REL 223 - World ReligionsREL 331 - Religion and Personal Experience REL 426 - The Gospel and Letters of John REL 498 - Senior Seminar REL 110RS / THY 502 - Christian Scriptures REL 124 / THY 501 - Hebrew Scriptures REL 327 / THY 532 - The Life & Writings of Paul REL 330 / THY 521 - Christian Ethics REL 450 / THY 550 - History of Christianity REL 427 / THY 565 - Ecclesiology REL 431 / THY 513 - Sacraments and Liturgy REL 432 / THY 570 - Christian Spirituality REL 470 / THY 575 - Christology